Our way forward
The Department’s COVID-safe schools plan for Term 2 (PDF, 86KB) is now available. This plan sets out how we’ll keep safely managing COVID-19 in schools. It applies everything we’ve learnt since the start of the pandemic.
An accessible version is summarised on this page in text-only format. A detailed operational plan is also available. This expands on the snapshot plan above, if you’re wanting to know more information.
Information for parents and carers on support for students with disability are outlined in this factsheet (PDF, 221KB).
A clear plan for Term 2
Being at school is the best place for our students. Term 1 has shown us that when we work together and have COVID-safe measures in place, our schools can safely stay open and student learning thrives. This is our plan for Tasmanian Government schools for Term 2, 2022 – to keep our schools safe and make every day of learning count:
- Face-to-face learning will continue with COVID-safe measures in place.
- Students with disability who have complex health needs will continue to be supported by their school with individual learning plans.
- Regular school and learning activities will continue in a COVID-safe manner. Indoor Launching into Learning sessions and the Gifted Online program will recommence.
- Testing for COVID-19 when you have symptoms will continue. Students and staff will have access to rapid antigen tests at their school, to use if they have symptoms. If there is a COVID-19 case in your child’s classroom, your school will let you know and ask you to monitor for symptoms – your child does not need to isolate and can continue going to school. If your child is unwell, please keep them home and get tested.
- COVID-19 cases will be safely managed by Public Health. Every school has a dedicated COVID-19 support person, who works closely with Public Health if there are COVID-19 cases. Families will be contacted directly about any COVID-19 impacts at their school.
- Learning at home via the Virtual Learning Centre with the support of an online teacher will continue if students need to isolate due to COVID-19. If your child is a COVID-19 case, they can do online learning if they feel well, and return to school if they have no symptoms after seven days.
- Workforce planning strategies are in place to ensure there are enough staff in schools.
This applies to:
- Early childhood services (including childcare programs and Out of School Hours Care)
- Primary schools (including childcare programs and Out of School Hours Care)
- Secondary schools (including vocational placements and school-based apprenticeships).
Some elements of this plan may change during Term 2 based on Public Health advice. We will continually monitor the situation, make changes as necessary and keep school communities informed.
Keeping up our COVID-safe measures
Vaccination: Children aged 5+ years will continue to be encouraged to be vaccinated – vaccination is not mandatory for a child to attend school. All Department of Education staff, including volunteers and contractors, are vaccinated.
Face masks: All adults will continue to wear face masks, however, teachers may remove their masks if required to assist clear communication when teaching (for example, to meet the needs of a student with disability). Primary school students still do not need to wear face masks, but can if they choose. Secondary school students must continue to wear face masks. Medical exemptions apply. Face masks are available at school, if needed.
Ventilation: Air purifiers will continue to be used in classrooms, with schools supplied with additional units for Term 2, as well as use of open windows if cool climate allows.
Outdoor learning: Schools will continue to take advantage of outdoor learning opportunities where possible, dependent on cool climate.
Physical distancing: All adults will continue to keep a physical distance of 1.5 metres from each other.
Hygiene practices: Regular handwashing and sanitising will continue.
Cleaning: Frequent cleaning will continue, particularly on high-touch surfaces.
Safe site management: Non-essential visitors will continue to be limited, and schools will regularly review their COVID-19 safety plans.
Groups: Mixing of students and staff will continue to be limited where possible. COVID-safe ways of bringing students together to participate in learning activities will be considered.